High calibre speakers for new Ship Finance conference

Maritime Standard Ship Finance & Trade Conference announced with big names confirmed as speakers
Sheikh Talal-al-Khalid Al-Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) is a keynote speaker
Sheikh Talal-al-Khalid Al-Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) is a keynote speaker


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The first Maritime Standard Ship Finance & Trade Conference, organised by The Maritime Standard (TMS), will take place this year on 29-30 November at Park Hyatt Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The event, which is endorsed by Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime UAE, is being hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports and will feature top level speakers from the worlds of finance, banking, ports, shipping and maritime law.

The inaugural conference aims to bring together experts from these various fields with a view towards generating fresh investment for the shipping and ports industries, to the benefit of regional trade across the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, says Trevor Pereira, TMS managing director.

”We want to focus on how to turn financial theory into shipping and trade reality, and provide a high-level forum that through insightful speeches and networking opportunities generates mutual benefit to finance and shipping companies,” explains Pereira.

The event will start with a networking reception on 29 November, against the backdrop of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which is being held that same day. The conference itself starts on the following day, 30 November, with a high calibre of speakers confirmed.

The keynote speaker session will feature presentations by Sheikh Talal-al-Khalid Al-Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, chairman and managing director of Milaha; Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, vice chairman for DP World and group CEO for Dubai World; Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni, CEO for Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company (ADNATCO) and National Gas Shipping Company Ltd (NGSCO), UAE governor for OPEC and chairman for The UAE Shipping Association; Shaukat Aziz, former prime minister of Pakistan; Capt. Mohamed Al Shamisi, CEO for Abu Dhabi Ports Company; Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO for Emirates Classification (Tasneef); and Petros Doukas, former deputy minister of finance and former deputy minister of foreign affairs.

“The shipping industry is a hugely important market for the banking and finance sector and there are significant opportunities for growth over the next few years,” says Sheikh Talal-al-Khalid Al-Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC). “Middle Eastern and Subcontinent-based ship-owners are looking to expand and enhance their fleets, and are buying new and bigger vessels, and port operators are seeking to boost capacity accordingly to meet their customer’s requirements.”

There will be special sessions on regional trade patterns and ship finance; ports and shipping; and case studies showing how the finance sector has helped unlock the potential of the shipping and ports sector to benefit trade and economic development. Each session will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Clive Woodbridge, editor of The Maritime Standard, and featuring some of the region’s top executives.

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